Providing a Second Chance Through Education.
The belief and statistics show that educated prisoners have a greatly reduced rate of recidivism and make valuable contributions to society upon release from their prison sentence.
Based at the College of New Jersey, The Center for Prison Outreach and Education provides educational programming to local inmates with college professors and students teaching the inmates. The courses offered are credit-bearing and other forms of academic tutoring are available to enrich the lives of those living behind bars.
One of the Center for Prison Outreach and Education programs offered each semester is the “College in Prison” program. This particular course is taught inside the Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility in New Jersey.
The topics taught are related to the crimes that many of these youth have been incarcerated for and apply to real life in prison. Examples include: prison culture, urban sociology, and the “war on drugs.” Students–inmates or otherwise-receive course credit for these classes and and are held to the same high-quality standards as students participating on campus.
This course is learned not only from inmates at the facility, but by students attending the College of New Jersey as well. They have learned to become instructors and earn credits at the same time.
In addition to the College in Prison program, The Center for Prison Outreach and Education provides students an opportunity to contribute to an internal magazine which is written by inmates behind bars. Each week, students are given a literary assignment and at the end of the year, a ceremony is held presenting these literary works.
Tutoring for all of the programs provided to inmates at the Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility and the East Hersey State Prison are through volunteer efforts of the College of New Jersey faculty, students, affiliated instructors and credentialed inmates.